McMoRan Exploration Co. provided an update on flow testing activities at the Davy Jones No. 1 well on South Marsh Island Block 230. Technical completion has been achieved successfully and work is ongoing to establish commercial production from the well.
The perforation of the Wilcox "D" sand resulted in positive pressure build-up in the wellbore followed by a gas flare from the well. Initial samples indicated that the natural gas from the Wilcox "D" sand is high quality and contains low levels of CO2 and no H2S. Blockage from drilling fluid associated with initial drilling operations prevented McMoRan from obtaining a measurable flow rate. Attempts to perforate the Wilcox "C" sand did not clear the blockage and McMoRan has commenced operations to remove the tubing from the well, clear the residual drilling fluid, and remove the perforating guns currently set across the Wilcox "F" sand to provide access to all of the Wilcox reservoirs ("A" through "F") totaling 200 net feet.